(Frequently Asked Questions)

What is PT (Physiotherapy/ Physical Therapy)?

PT helps people of all ages who have conditions, injuries or illnesses that limit or impair their ability to move the way they normally do or perform the activities and meaningful tasks they enjoy. PT can eliminate or reduce pain, help avoid surgery and recover from surgery more quickly, improve mobility, recover from a stroke, recover from or prevent sports injuries, improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling, manage chronic diseases like diabetes, heart and lung disease, manage women’s health, manage age-related issues and much more. 

Read More Here:   physiotherapy.ca

 What is involved in an initial assessment?

Your appointment will start with a discussion of the symptoms, condition or injury that brought you to our clinic. This is the patient's chance to describe in his/her own words what is going on while the therapist may ask follow up or clarification questions to get more specific information. Then the therapist will go through a series of tests looking at different aspects of your physical function (e.g. range of motion, strength, movement patterns, etc.). Your therapist will then discusses their findings with you, providing a diagnosis and then working with you to produce a suitable Plan of Care detailing the type of treatment and the proposed duration.

How many visits will I need?

It depends! Your therapist will complete a detailed assessment during your first visit and provide you with an individualized Plan of Care. The plan of care lays out a plan that is designed to address your goals and the condition/s identified in your assessment. Some conditions only require an appointment or two to while others may take several weeks to settle out. 

Do I need a referral from a doctor to see a physiotherapist?

No. In Saskatchewan, Physical Therapy is direct access.  That means you can schedule directly without waiting for an appointment with your physician. Some insurance plans require a physician referral to access benefits, so please check with your insurer if you aren't sure.

Do I have to go to the physiotherapy clinic my doctor refers me to?

Many physicians will provide referrals written on stationery from a specific physiotherapy clinic, but you can take your referral to any clinic you choose. 

Does my company's insurance cover physiotherapy?

Most insurance plans offer coverage for physical therapy/physiotherapy. Check with your insurer to make sure you're getting the most out of the coverage available to you!

What should I wear to my appointment?

It depends! Wearing shorts is helpful for back and lower body injuries while tank tops or t-shirts are great for neck and upper body issues. Typically it is helpful if the therapist can easily access the area of your symptoms. If you happen to forget to bring a pair of shorts, we can happily provide you with a pair you can borrow for your appointment.

What is MTY?

Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY) is the practice of yoga in medicine, rehabilitation, and wellness settings by a licensed health care professional who is completing or has graduated from the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute program and has been credentialed as a Professional Yoga Therapist-Candidate or Professional Yoga Therapist.  

Read More Here: proyogatherapy.org/about-pyts

What are the benefits of Medical Therapeutic Yoga?

Medical Therapeutic Yoga takes a broad view of health and wellness that makes room for the patient's mind-body-spirit connections in addition to the strictly physical aspects of health. Exploration into one’s nutritional habits, social connections/ support, sleep patterns, stress levels and other areas can reveal much about how these elements impact our physical health.

Can Medical Therapeutic Yoga be claimed under my benefits? 

Yes. When MTY is used by a physical therapist, it becomes part of the toolbox of therapeutic techniques used by the physio. As such, it is billed as Physiotherapy.

What's the difference between an registered yoga teacher and Professional Yoga Therapist?

A Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT) is a licensed healthcare professional with extensive post-graduate training in the use of yoga as medicine. They have a license to practice in their professional field and as their legal scope of practice allows, can evaluate, diagnose, and treat using yoga as integrative medicine.

A registered yoga teacher (RYT) has typically attended a 200 or 500-hour training course and has no formal education as a healthcare professional. RYT is not a certification or degree, it is a voluntary registry organized by the Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Alliance is not an accrediting or licensing body, but it recognizes individuals who have paid their fee and voluntarily reported the minimum requirements to be registered as a 'yoga school'. It is not a regulated or recognized medical license or degree. RYTs are not legally permitted to evaluate, treat, or diagnose any injury or condition.

Learn More From:  proyogatherapy.org/for-patients


Resources from our favourite people!

Ginger Garner - www.gingergarner.com

Professional Yoga Therapy Studies (PYTI) - www.proyogatherapy.org

Other PYTI graduates:

Shelly Prosko - physioyoga.ca

Paige Raffo - balanceflowpt.com

Stefanie Foster - asanaintelligence.com

Dr. Leslie Allen - chhpyt.com